Practice Self-Love Year-Round
This time of year it’s very easy to get caught up in the hype of love. Society makes it easy to focus on loving others and relationships during the month of February, but I think we can sometimes forget to love ourselves a little.
Where do you begin to show yourself some love? Read below for some ideas to get you started.
Do Something You’re Good At or Really Enjoy
Usually the above two are pretty similar. When you do something you’re really good at, you boost your self-confidence little-by-little. Just remember that there aren’t many people out there that can do what you excel at. Everyone has their strengths.
Get Yourself Flowers, Chocolate, Etc.
Just because the industry is focused on couples and buying for someone else, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yo-self. There’s something very empowering about getting what you want for yourself rather than relying on someone else to get it for you.
Try Something New
By pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, you prove to yourself that you can handle whatever life throws at you. And that’s a pretty great skill to have.
Find Your Happy Place
I think most people have a place that as soon as they enter they feel a surge of happiness or lightness. Figure out what that place is for you, and go there often. It could be nature that makes your heart sing, or maybe it’s Tiffany’s. Nothing really bad could happen at Tiffany’s.
Clean Up Your Space
This might not work for everyone, but it definitely works for me. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and my apartment feels happier when I take the time to clean it. This can be as simple as organizing your closet or dusting off that top shelf that’s been neglected too long. You’d be amazed how much one little change can impact how you feel.
Listen To Your Body
If you are feeling constantly run down and tired, it is okay to take a breather. Take a day to yourself and just relax. Relaxing looks different to different people. Maybe you sleep all day or watch tv. Maybe you read a book in candlelight. Do what you need to feel at your best.
Get Out Of Any Toxic Relationships
This one is much easier said than done, but there is no greater act of self-love than realizing that you deserve better and acting on that knowledge. If you aren’t sure if your relationship is healthy, click here for some signs. Even family relationships can be toxic, so it’s important that you pay attention to how others make you feel.
Learn your limits. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay to say “no”. You’re acknowledging that you need to take care of yourself and that you can’t give your best to whatever project or request came up.
This is one of the best things for me to do when I’m feeling down. Make a grateful list. Start from your immediate surroundings; do you have health and all your appendages? Good. Do you have a roof over your head and food to eat? Do you have an education and a job? It helps put everything in perspective.
Treat Others With Kindness and Respect
This is my number one bit of self-love advice. Everything is cyclical, so if you aren’t being kind and respectful to others, you probably aren’t being kind and respectful to yourself. People are also more likely to give back what they receive, so it can be a very negative chain of events. Make the world a more positive place by putting out good.